Luigi Monaco

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This study was undertaken to verify the effectiveness of compensatory postures, suggested on the basis of the type of dysphagia identified at videofluoromanometric (VFM) investigation to ensure safe oropharyngeal transit. Eighty-one patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) underwent speech therapy assessment and VFM investigation of the swallowing(More)
Dysphagia is a symptom of different pathological conditions characterised by alteration of the swallowing mechanism, which may manifest at different levels. We report our experience in the evaluation of the swallowing mechanism with combined videofluoroscopy and manometric recordings. For the combined study, we used a Dyno Compact computerised system(More)
OBJECTIVE To define the frequency and predictors of short esophagus in a case series of patients undergoing antireflux surgery. METHOD An observational prospective study from September 10, 2004, to October 31, 2006, was performed at 8 centers. The distance between the esophagogastric junction as identified by intraoperative esophagoscopy and the apex of(More)
The aim of this study was to find whether there are manometric pharyngeal changes that may have diagnostic and prognostic relevance in the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patient who does not show changes in contrast-medium oropharyngeal transit in a videofluoroscopic swallowing study. Ten ALS patients, with an ALS Severity Scale Score of at least 7, no(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the present paper is to describe the normal radiological findings and the fragmentation time of the VALTRAC BAR (V-BAR). MATERIALS AND METHODS Ten cases of Roux-en-Y jejuno-jejunostomy with anastomosis with a n.25 Valtrac ring for gastric cancer were followed up during the postoperative period by plain abdominal X-ray examination. (More)
Absence of the peristaltic contractions in the esophageal body and the failure of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) post-deglutitive relaxation are the major motor disturbances in patients with achalasia. These alterations are usually evidenced by means of stationary esophageal manometry, which is able to record changes over a brief period. The aim of(More)
BACKGROUND In morbid obesity, optimisation of nutritional strategies impacting cardiovascular and metabolic risk profile is a desirable target in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE To assess in morbid obesity the feasibility, safety and efficacy of a nutritional cycle comprising a short-term carbohydrates-free diet delivered by nasogastric tube followed by an(More)
AIM To investigate the effectiveness of head compensatory postures to ensure safe oropharyngeal transit. METHODS A total of 321 dysphagia patients were enrolled and assessed with videofluoromanometry (VFM). The dysphagia patients were classified as follows: safe transit; penetration without aspiration; aspiration before, during or after swallowing;(More)
AIM To compare the mid-term outcomes of laparoscopic calibrated Nissen-Rossetti fundoplication with Dor fundoplication performed after Heller myotomy for oesophageal achalasia. METHODS Fifty-six patients (26 men, 30 women; mean age 42.8 ± 14.7 years) presenting for minimally invasive surgery for oesophageal achalasia, were enrolled. All patients underwent(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The surgical strategy of adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction (EGJ) is still controversial. This study aims at analyzing our surgical results about these lesions in order to define the prognostic factors. METHODOLOGY From January 1987 to March 2003, 113 patients with adenocarcinoma of the cardia underwent resection in the(More)